I Was A Bad Husband This Week

I blew it this week. Sophie got home from a really long day of work (literally serving those who were displaced from the San Diego wildfires). She was tired, had her arms full, and was so excited to be home. Background information: our television cords run across the bedroom doorway. The only accessible outlet is super loose and finicky.

When Sophie walked in, her foot hit the cords, and the tv (which I was watching) turned off. I was way more frustrated than I should be. I expressed displeasure in her actions.

She apologized. Plugged it back in. I go back to watching tv, and I felt that I overreacted.

Literally four minutes later I got a do-over. She moves to unload her bags from the day, and a pair of shorts fell off and hit the cord. **Shpewww**  The television turns off. Did I learn my lesson? No. I was perturbed. Flustered. Annoyed.

Scripture: Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT) 

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

Jewish rabbis suggested forgiving someone three times. Peter thinks he is being extra generous by offering more than double that amount. But Jesus is literally saying, “Forgive infinity times.” Seventy times seven is an unfathomable number, nothing we would practically count. We are not to be limited by a number in the law, but to live in the overflowing of grace and forgiveness.

Why can I pray every day to actively forgive people who intentionally hurt me, but when my wife (someone whom I have publicly committed to love and support for every day I have on this planet) needs forgiveness I blow it?

How can we show more grace to those we interact with daily?

Gratefulness Leads to Joy

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I dislike getting out of bed more than most things. It’s not that I dislike mornings. Morning is great. In fact, I am continually surprised by how pleasant it is, once you’ve got out of the house. There are very few optional things that will get me out of bed before my first work commitment of the day.  One of those things is a group of wonderful, diverse men who meet together as many Friday mornings as we can. The goal of our time together is to pray, be in the Scriptures, and occasionally read through a book together.  

Besides being awake before the world, the other thing this assembly does well is group text. I know that when a text goes out and all parties are involved, what follows is a barrage of witty banter slowed only by complete exhaustion of the topic or distraction by the tasks of the day.  This past week we all received an inspirational thought from Craig. “What if you immediately lost everything right now that you didn’t thank God for yesterday? What would you have left?”

I was stunned. No landslide of replies. No sharp comments followed. It was a good thought.

What would you have left?

Scripture: Psalm 7:17   

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; 

I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

 

How does that change your today? Your Thanksgiving holiday? Your next week?